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Category Archives: Education

USA: Filipinos everywhere celebrate Calungsod canonization

by Dionesio C. Grava
First posted in

I recall a Sunday afternoon performance by young thespians from Davao City at the regally cavernous Hall of Liberty set at the elevated end of beautiful Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills. It was about the Catholic church’s Padre Diego (Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores) and his young assistant Pedro Calungsod spreading the gospel to the Chamorros in 1672 in the Marianas. Their proselytizing greatly enraged a local headman, which led to their persecution and ultimately death.

Christmas in a state of national calamity – Atty JBJ

Source: DIRECT FROM THE LABOR FRONT By Atty Josephus Jimenez

Christmas is just a few days from today. But the President has declared a state of national calamity for the whole nation. Not just in Compostela Valley or just for Davao Oriental, not just for Mindanao or for the whole Visayas but for the entire country. All these notwithstanding, there is no calamity, no disaster, neither hurricane, nor flood, not any rage or fury of nature can ever stop us, Filipinos, from celebrating Christmas. We will always find a way amidst all sorrows, all pains and all poverty. The genuine Christians always have some hopes in their hearts, even in these trying times. We manage to bury our dead, coffin or no coffin, mourn for the victims of fortuitous events, and then stand up and move on, to welcome the birth of the Messiah.

USA: Filipino teachers vindicated with class suit verdict – FEFL

Filipino Educators Federation of Louisiana (FEFL)
December 19, 2012

Filipino teachers vindicated with class suit verdict

The Filipino Educators Federation of Louisiana (FEFL) are elated on the result of Monday’s decision on the federal class action suit filed more than two years ago against recruitment agency Universal Placement International (UPI) and its owner Lourdes “Lulu” Navarro. “This victory is a product of the continued vigilance and unrelenting efforts of teachers who converted their victimization into a struggle for justice,” declared Ingrid Cruz, the FEFL founding president.

USA: Bonifacio Day – Recounting the heinous execution of a hero

By Dionesio C. Grava
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In her welcome address during a program marking the November 30 birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio, Consul General Hellen Barber-De La Vega said: “This observance of Bonifacio Day is important because next year we will be commemorating the 150th anniversary of our hero’s birth. I am, therefore, happy to see among us young Filipino-Americans, because this is also a good opportunity for us to educate them, especially those born and raised in the United States, on the significance of the life and works of Andres Bonifacio in the history of the Filipino people.”

Unfortunately that aspect of history has remained murky more than 115 years after Andres Bonifacio was executed at the height of the Filipino rebellion against the oppressive Spanish colonizers. In an audio-visual presentation during that consulate event, Deputy Congen Daniel R. Espiritu brought into focus that very contentious issue surrounding the death of the Philippine hero.

Social Media, the rebirth of blogging for Pinoy Expats and OFWs – PEBA 2012

Press Release

Social Media, the rebirth of blogging for Pinoy Expats and OFWs – PEBA 2012

Social Media, the rebirth of blogging for Pinoy Expats and OFWs OFWs clamour for an aginaldo or a Christmas present was realized because of their active presence on the social media particularly on facebook with regards to the issue on Philhealth’s mandatory increase of its members’ contribution. Although it was not the first of the few victories that OFWs has achieved with their online campaign, but for the Pinoy Expats/OFW Blog Awards or PEBA it is an affirmation that they are being heard and listened to by the government. It is also a fitting tribute as PEBA celebrates its 5th Annual International Blog and Photo Award.

PEBA Awards 2012: Blog Entry Finalists

OFW and Supporters Blog Entry Finalists
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The 5th Annual International PEBA Blog and Photo Awards will be held at the Ramon Magsaysay Hall, SSS Corporate Center, East Avenue Quezon on the 15th of December, Saturday, from 2-6PM.

2012 Theme:  “The Social Media and I: Bridging the Past, Present and Future.”

Please click the screenshots to view their entries

USA: FilAm militants hold mass action in support of veterans

Text and photos by Dionesio C. Grava
First Posted in

In connection with the recent celebration of Veterans Day protesters composed mostly of young Filipino Americans crowded the streets of Entertainment Capital-USA and held a rally in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater on Hollywood Blvd.

Roll of Successful Examinees for Architects and Civil Engineers in Middle East

Roll of Successful Examinees in the
Held on OCTOBER 25 & 26, 2012
Released on NOVEMBER 23, 2012


ACFIL’s Ang Tambuli November 2012 Newsletter

Ang Tambuli
- is the official  Newsletter of ACFIL,  started  last 2002 up to the present to form and inform the Filipinos in the region regarding the political, social & migration issues especially to those who have the difficulty in comprehending the Italian language. This was financed by the Provincia di Torino for two years and the last 6 years, ACFIL continued the action independently due to the strong demand of the community taking out also the logo of the Provincia di Torino.

Get a copy of the November 2012  issue of  Ang Tambuli  from this link  ACFIL-s-Ang-Tambuli-November-2012-Newsletter.

Events in Italy: Finlit Seminar and CQ’s Anniversary

Finlit Seminar

ACFIL will once again conduct a One-day SEMINAR ON FINANCIAL LITERACY and ADDRESSING BARRIERS TO REINTEGRATION. This time it will be in collaboration with Iganap Guardians Torino Chapter and Federal Land Europe. The said seminar will be done on September 23, 2012 at Via Morgari 14, Torino from 8:30am to 5:30pm.

Italy: Search for Little Mr. & Ms. ACFIL 2012

Search for Little Mr. & Ms. ACFIL 2012

We are very proud to introduce to you, Kenjivito Francesco Esmundo, 7 year old son of Vivien Estrella. He is one of the candidates for Little Mr. Acfil 2012. He was not featured in the previous issue of ― Ang Tambuli that‘s why we are presenting him to all of you.

USA: Our heroic ‘Manongs’ largely forgotten

Jonny Itliong (5th from left), son of the late labor leader, is taking the lead in efforts to achieve the honors due his father. Photo is from a celebration called "Pagbabahagi" in Carson, California, in the past. To Mr. Itliong's right is Lito Santarina, then Mayor Pro Tem of the city. At the rostrum is Mayor Jim Dear. Photo by D. Grava.

Our heroic ‘Manongs’ largely forgotten
By Dionesio C. Grava

Another Filipino American Heritage Month drew to a close. May we take a look back on the 425 years of recorded history of our people in the U.S. and their contributions to the economic, cultural and social enhancement of this country.

When religion comes in conflict with one’s job – Atty JBJ

Source: DIRECT FROM THE LABOR FRONT By Atty Josephus Jimenez

How easy it is for employers to say that an employee should render unto his work what rightfully pertains to his job, and to his church what properly belongs to his religion. That dictum is, of course, easier said than done. But down there in the offices or in the factories, where “the rubber hits the road”, so to say, it is quite difficult to keep a just and legal balance between the demands of one’s job, on the one hand, and the often immutable articles of faith of one’s church, on the other hand. Where do we draw the thin line that pulls one to one direction as an employee, and to the opposite pole as a member of a religious sect?

Family dynasty in the workplace – Atty JBJ

Source: DIRECT FROM THE LABOR FRONT By Atty Josephus Jimenez

It is not only in politics but also in the workplace that family dynasties do rule in our country and anywhere in Asia and the world. Business corporations that are owned and managed by family members present an interesting area of study and inquiry in human resource management and labor relations. Based on empirical data and anecdotal evidence gathered by this writer in various conglomerates and group of companies that are owned and controlled by families, there are significant patterns of leadership and management styles that do affect human behavior in business organizations.

Human resource managers, personnel directors and other HR practitioners, as well as labor leaders and DOLE administrators and their staff, may be interested to know why workers are finding it more difficult to cope with work and management pressures that are


ni: Gina dela Cruz

Muli na namang naisakatuparan ng ACFIL na maipaabot sa ating mga kapwa OFW ang layunin ng FINLIT seminar sa tulong ng FEDERAL LAND noong September 23, 2012. Ang mga dumalo ay karamihan na mga miyembro ng ONE GANAP GUARDIAN.

Italy: Farming in ACFIL’s Garden

by: Nerissa Antaran Tejada

Green thumbs touched Acfil’s Garden this year bringing it to full-bloom! Vegetables like ―ampalaya, upo, eggplant, okra, camote tops, saluyot, sili, tomatoes and kangkong filled the garden making it not just pleasing to the eyes but also gave an impression of a delicious meal at table. Filipino famous cuisine like ―pinakbet, tortang talong, diningding, ampalaya na may itlog,bulanglang atbp. were enjoyed by many last summer.